We are pleased to share information
regarding the descendants of Michael Knight Sr. and Sarah Brace who
married 20 May 1768 at St. John the Baptist, Anglican Cathedral, St. John's, Newfoundland.
When their grandson, Capt. William
hired in 1859 to take an American artist sailing aboard Integrity from
Newfoundland to Labrador, little did he know the ongoing effect
voyage would have. The artist Frederic Edwin Church was a
member of the group known as the Hudson River School. The year of
the voyage Church's monumental painting The
Heart of the Andes was first shown to the public illuminated by
hidden gaslights in a darkened room - it caused a sensation in New York.
|Following the Labrador voyage
Knight, Church painted Aurora
Borealis a work that is now seen as a defining point in the
of the American people when, torn apart during the Civil War the
from the northern trip captured the hope epitomized by the light
the darkness. Many Americans saw a similar display in their skies
that year, as northern had special meanings during these times, the
became imbued with additional symbolism.
Icebergs another painting from the voyage, when it sold in 1979
at auction, brought the highest price ($2.5 million) ever paid for a
by an American artist, at that time. Rev. Louis Noble, who
the voyage, published After Icebergs with a Painter in
Captain Knight receiving a painting set, from the artist, and may have
taken up painting himself, although no paintings have been located to
this. A grandson of Knight - poet, E.J. Pratt, like
Church, brought the sea and icebergs to life in poetic form during the
20th Century and great great grandson Christopher Pratt today
Capt. William Knight's interest in ocean sailing.
Complete Poems and Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition
cross referencing between poems and his letters and journals as part of
the Pratt Project.
Knight Family Genforum
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Message Board [Knight] and the Knight
Surname List are some research tools that may be of assistance to
others researching Knight family lines.
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